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How to create and write your own crochet pattern

teacher avatar Linzy Harris, Crochet & Design

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Introduction to the class

    • 2. Preparing for the pattern

    • 3. Working the pattern

    • 4. Finishing notes and project

    • 5. Understanding abbreviations

    • 6. What to include in the pattern

    • 7. Writing the pattern

    • 8. Final words

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About This Class

Writing a crochet pattern for the first time is not as complicated as you think, most of the time it is just easier to just start! There will be mistakes, but that is how you craft a crochet pattern, by learning what will fit and what will not fit.

I have created a simple class that will get you started in learning how to write patterns, not too clued up on the language of crochet? Do not worry! I will show you step by step how to create a simple 'mug rug' pattern and show you how to write it.

There are some resources that will help you along the way, the video lessons explains how you can use them and they are yours to download and print off!

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1. Introduction to the class: Hi, creating your own crochet pattern does not need to be complicated whatsoever. In fact, it can be really, really simple. Once you know how a k, I can show you how you can crochet your very own pattern. So not only will you be crocheting, you'll be notetaking of everything you do and turning it into a finished written pattern. So you may need to go in, grab your favorite mug, some yarn and a hook. And I will see you in the first lesson. 2. Preparing for the pattern: All right, so the first thing we're going to do is we're going to use a sheath paper and our mug. See, saw create a template ready for us to use to make notes on our pattern. Okay, so I'm using my mug so that I can get a rough idea on a size. I would like my mug correct. Bay. And it's just I just think it's a brilliant idea to just draw it down, even if it, if he can't draw, it doesn't matter. Just draw how you see your final pace. Okay? So I'm not, I can't draw very well, but I'm just going to just sketch out how I would like it to look. So this is just a rough sketch of how I want my final piece to look. And it just helps when you're creating natural pattern. So I've got my rectangle and I've decided that I would like to add some tassels to my MAC rug, considering it's a mini rogue up like it's look, but kind of way. So I'm going to draw my tassels because then it gets me visually, it gives me something to look at and think right, that is sport. My final crochet project, my pattern is going to be, is going to be that. And it's not going to be anything else. Okay? So you're setting yourself up to stick with what your idea is and that way it just become, everything just falls in supply. So I'm going to add some on this side, like, Hey, my mock rock. And the idea for me is to have it big enough so that I could put my, my mug on there. This is a small part of my small mugs, but I have got bigger ones, so It's sort of going to fit any size and that might even be room for escape. Okay. So there's my, just finish this off my my little tassel so there's my sketch or finished. Okay? And needs to figure out obviously, your yarn. You've chosen yarn, you got the size, pretty much how you want here. We now have to figure out how we're going to crash. So to keep this really simple, I think the best way would be to do a long-chain going along and then using double crochets to crochet along the rows. Okay, so I think that is going to be the stitch we're going to use. I'm going to pop down double crochets, so I know that I'm going to use that stage. Okay. I'm not going to get confused. This is just setting everything up ready for us to begin our paths it, so I'm just going to create the ICA and notes section for my Paterson on this side of the paper. And we are now ready to begin making our mock rock. 3. Working the pattern: Okay, so we are ready to begin making our pattern, okay? So everything will need to be written down including what we're using. So I'm going to write down the, I'm using a 4.5 millimeter hook. Okay? And games be using some cotton yarn. So I'm just going to pop cotton yarn down on my pattern just now and work out the rest later. And I'm just going to get the pad. So if we get our yarn prepared, ready to crochet, and it's literally just making it. I'm writing down as you go along and not missing anything out. And it is all trial and error. I've never made this before. So it's just going to be trial and error. See how big it's going to be if we need to change it in any way, say his, me know, Oldham. Hey, so I'm gonna grab my HRQ, pop it onto my hurt. Okay, and I'm going to start off with a chain for our double crochets. So for now I'm just going to chain when say you also see how we go. So think I've got that right, 20 chains, I'm just going to see this, see how it compares to the sketch. Okay. I think it might be worth doing a couple more surfer go 2122. So yeah, so I want to add a little bit bigger absolutely. To fit my biscuit or a K. So I've term yeah, it looks really good. I'm happy with that because you have larger MUX, so I'm happy with that. So we need to write down how many chains we have crochets. And it's just a good idea just to count backwards. So 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22. So I'm going to call it 21 chain. So chain 21. And plus one for our turning chain and k. So we've got one crochet for the height and turn our work. So we're going to start our double crochet into the second chains, not the one that you're using. The next one along a case. So we're going to double crochet into the next chain. Okay? Yarn over and pull that fray. Say we have done that, so I'm just going to write that down. So we want to put something like double crochet into the second chain from the hook. Okay. And then we're going to crochet along. So then you would PR and across. So we're going to carry on the double crochets across our chain. There we are. There's our first row completed. That's row one. Doesn't. So then you marked down ready for TEA. Okay. And the first thing we're going to do is we're going to chain one. And we're going to turn our work. Okay? So we need to write that down. So we're going to chain one and turn work. And then you just need to make sure when you go to your double crochet, do it in the next stage. So not in the chain one that you've just done a case, not in now, but in the first stage, Ceasar turning chain and k. So we just need to pop it through the first stage. So again, write that down. Otherwise, what people could do if they follow your person, they could accidentally do a double crochet in your turning chain. And then you'll be adding they will be adding another stitch on the right. So yeah, he just needs to make sure you mentioned that little things like that in the patterns. So I've just marked down double crochet in the first stage, not chain one and across. Okay. What I would see when I tidy that up, I will put something like continuum across. This is just very rough notes, okay, So we're just marking down, recording everything that we are doing as we are doing it. By case say I've just done my last stage and that is all complete. Okay. So I'm just counting my stitches, just make sure I've got the right amount so I still go 21. So that's really, really good. A K. And I'm just going to mark down at the ready, row three and k. And what you can do is you can write, but he obviously chain one and turn you work. But for our benefit. And after I've done that, okay. So I'm just going to turn the work and just jot down might be an idea to give yourself a note that we are going to repeat doing these rise until we get the rights width that we're happy with a K. So I would say, just for our benefit, just pop yourself a little note to continuous you are until you've got the size that you want. And then as you're, as you're crocheting your rows, right down the rows that you're doing. Okay? So at the end you'll be able to see how many rows you've done. And then you can have on your final pattern how many rows it takes to make a mock rock in that size. So that would be the best idea. So I'm going to continue with some more rows, okay? And I will meet shape at the end. We can then look at how many more rows we did to get the right width for us. So continue doing your virus. You can do as many or as little as you want to get your size. And we will go for mass. I will see you in the next lesson. 4. Finishing notes and project: I have finished my desired width, and that's the rectangle of our mock rock, okay, and my mug sits perfectly on now. I quite like. And I have also written down in my parts and knows how many more rows as I was doing them. Okay. So altogether there are 12 and 14, sorry, not 12, 13. So there are first thing altogether. And then we need to just finish off. So we would your nasal and pull fray. So fasten off. Okay. So that's just snip that off. And what we'll do, we'll pull that frame. Okay? And what we need to do with our pattern is we need to write that down. So we need to write down fast and off and weave in the tail ends a K. So just write that down. And these Thailand's not going to be good enough. I work as the tassel, so I'm definitely against the men. So what we would need to do is crop our needle and we've in our tiles and I'm just going to hook this up to my needle. And then we can with the men. Okay. So what I normally say is just weave it through the stitches okay. That will secure our work. So I'm just going to pullback for this one. I'm just going to be the upper one that we started with. Okay? I'm just going to literally, we FAP for, since stage is to lose that tail as well. Should be perfect. Okay, Then we are. So I'm just going to snip my tail ends off. I'm just going to snip off. Just make sure you hold your work turned in your tail up and that will give it a nice, pay attention on now. And that will lose itself into the work just going. It is same with this one, not done. So there's our mock rock so far. And all we need to do is to add our tax or say what you could see in the pattern theatre sources, you can use photos of how he make your tassels. I just feel it's one of those things that you'd need to see it to copy it if that makes sense. Okay. So I'm just going to make a note to add photos of making the tassels. I think that will be so much more easier. Okay. So I'm going to go ahead and make my tassels. I'm halfway through making my tassels case. The easiest way I can do them is use my hook. Of course. Just do it like that. So I will be taking photographs of each and every little step that's used. Make these tassels sort of done nearly one sides. I think often. Yeah, I finished my one side. So I'm just working on my other side. And what I've been doing, solvency leaping nice frame, and basically just an fraying the yarn so that you get like this fringy, fringy look. So I've just leap another one and I'll show you how I've done that. I'm just literally popping my hook for a thicknesses easiest way to do it, be honest. And pulling that fruit and then yawning IFA with the two tail ends. And that's not comes out really well. This one on I think it's worth definitely using longer pieces of yarn status with ink. Just trim it off. When you add another one. I thicknesses the fun part of making this as well. I like this part. It's going to hook that for now. Probably need to fill in the gaps as well. Just when you think you've got them all, there will be a CaCl2 nodes out. So anyway, there's my tassels on that side. These are my finished ones. So as you can see, are afraid the Moldau, her lover and k. So that's what it will look like on both the sides when I finish. So I'm just got to hook a few more on and I will be finished with my tarsals. 5. Understanding abbreviations: Before you guys, by any kind of pattern is really important that you understand crochet terms, okay? So this is abbreviations of the words that we are using an R crochet language. So we're going to go through very simply both the UK and the US terms for this pattern a case. So we will start with the UK terms. And it is going to be extremely simple because we've only use one that crochet stitch throughout the pattern and that is the double crochet. So that's take it right back. So in our pattern, we have chain at 21 to begin with plus one. So you would not write the word chain. Instead, you would use its abbreviation of seed page. If you imagine breeding any kind of pattern in wherever it's knitting or crocheting. It would just be so difficult to follow if it was all written in words. So this is why it's crunched down to make it a lot more simpler. Okay, so for chain, we would just put c height h, OK, and then the number of chains. If you have more, if you need to explain that more than one chain, as in chains, then you would add an S in brackets. But we don't need to do that. We would just see how h times u1 plus 1 chain for turning. Okay? And the next part explains we've got written down double crochet. Okay? So double crochet would simply be DC, okay? And that is all we need to know. That's the only abbreviations in this pattern. Okay, so let's head over to the US terms, this pattern now, US terms are quite different in terms of the stitches rough than anything else. So chain is still see Haidt H or S in brackets. If you have more than one that you want to explain. A double crochet in the US would be called a single crochet. Okay, so they're double crochets, basically a single crochet. So we would write for that abbreviation S, C. And that is the only difference. Okay? So that is the UK terms and the US terms for this pattern. Very, very simple. 6. What to include in the pattern: So before we go writing our pattern, It's a good idea to know exactly what we need to include. So the first thing we need to include is the title of our pattern, okay? And the second thing would be what terms we are using, whether it be UK terminology or US terminology. We need to include the finished size of the project. We need to include the hook size and the type of yarn. And also, we need to work how, how much yardage of yarn we have used for a project which we will come to in a moment. And then of course, the pattern itself. So those are the six things that you need to include in your pattern. Okay, So this is how we are going to calculate how much yardage is in our final projects. So little bit of mass today. So here we have four boxes, a k, and we need to follow some steps so we can find out all the information on your yarn label. The first thing is to fill in the information for the pink and blue boxes. So we need to look at our yarn and put the yardage of our fore skin in the pink box. Okay, Mine is to free five. And then we need to put the weights of our skin in the blue box and minds a 100 grams. And then we need to weigh our finished projects and pop that into the pink box. My finished project weighs nine grams a k. So that's our information filled in our case. So the next step we need to do is to multiply the numbers in the pink boxes together. So we would multiply to F35 by 9, and that equals 2115. The next thing we need is to take that total and divide it by the number in the blue box. So we need to find 2115 by a 100 K. So and that equals 21.15. So that is our amount of yardage we have used in our project and we pop that into our green box on the diagram. Okay? But what I would suggest doing is just to round up. So I would round this up to 20 to a k in that way. They know that they have more than enough. So that is how we calculate how much yardage of yarn we have used in our project. And then you can pop it onto your pattern. And that will help people to figure out how much you earn they need to buy to make that item. 7. Writing the pattern: I say, we have now come to the part where we can write our pattern. And I am just going to show you mine for reference a k. And all this will be included in the resources. So we see everything will be a nap. And so here it is. So I've use camphor to set out my mock rock pattern and taking it from the notes that we use to jot down everything we were doing. It has now finally come to this. So as you can see, I've got my title. I've got my title here. I've stated that this pattern is in UK terms and I've added a photo. Okay. And the finished size is 5.5 by three inches. So it's just a good idea, so they know what to expect, but how much of it it makes. And then underneath I have per, what you'll need. So you will need cotton yarn 22 yards, and I've put in brackets, add a little extra for the tassels because you would need some extra yawned. Make all these lovely tassels. Okay. I have put in there that I use a 4.5 millimeter hook, a pair of scissors and a yarn needle. Okay? So that is the basics of what we will need a K. So that is all on that. And now it's literally a fairly simple pattern. So what I have done, I have done chain as the abbreviation for chain, 21 plus one for turning a k. And then I'll come on to the first row, so row one. So as you can see, everything is an abbreviation. So instead of writing the word double crochet, Revit DC. So I have put DC, so double crochet in second chain from hook and across. And across means all the way to the end of the array. A, k. And k is chain the one turn double crochet in first stage and across a k and our spouse stitch from that me. Just correct. But I am very sorry. There we go. Okay. Say yes. So first stage and across. And then forever free rather than writing the same thing over and over again for the next 11 wives, I have put in repeat row 2, 4, 11 values. Okay? So that is very simple. If you wanted to, you could write every single row the same thing. But as if you've got, you've got to imagine yourself reading the pattern yourself and think, Oh, that would get a bit confusing, you know. So if you've write repeat roti for 11 rise, they can then set up something to tick off each row, SA2 IP. And then the last thing is to first North and weave in the tail ends. Okay? And of course, if you want to, I haven't done this, but if you wanted to, you could add more photographs in your pattern. People do like to see if you were going to sell it or give it to somebody to try out photographs of 3D goods. So I have also added another page on how to make the tassels. Now this is just extremely simple photographs, so I haven't written anything because it's really difficult to explain in words. So I've just added photo. So the first photo is my yarn Cut. And then I've shown it in like a loop by folding it in half. And then you would put your put your hook through the work and have the loops on the hook. And then you would yarn over with the tail bits and pop it through the loop on the hook like this here. Okay, and then you pull it through and it makes this. And then I've just gone on to show that you can, um, fray the tassel here and then trim it to size. And then a course, a photograph of all the other tassels finished as well. And that is all you needs to put in something like that. You can just do it with photographs is so much simpler. So that is how you can set how and write your pattern. 8. Final words: Hi everyone, and that is the end of the class. I hope you have enjoyed it. If you have any questions and please feel free to pop a common end or and I will be happy to answer anything he wished. Now if you feel you've missed anything in oto, be afraid to ask. I have also included and a sheet so that you can calculate your yard edge in the resource section. So you can just download and print that off. And also I have popped in a copy of my pattern just so that gives you a little bit of inspiration when you are writing yours. You're very, very welcome to share your finished mock rock. And of course, I would love to see your written patterns. Thank you very, very much for watching.